The Secret Life and Curious Death of Miss Jean Milne
By Andrew Nicoll
Published July 17 2015 by B&W
I read this historical crime novel as part of a blog tour organised by B&W publishing.
Miss. Jean Milne is a spinster of independent means living alone at Elmgrove, a large detached house in the small coastal town of Broughty Ferry.
Concerns are raised with the local police when Miss. Milne is not seen. Her post is uncollected and her laundry cannot be delivered.
Upon entering Elmgrove, the body of Miss. Milne is discovered. She had been tied up, bludgeoned and her body covered with a sheet.
The novel follows the subsequent police investigation - from the scene of the crime, through to witness statements and identity parades.
It is discovered Miss. Milne led rather an exciting, racy life and enjoyed flirtation with young men. Scandalous!
Reports filter through the town of a stranger with a blonde moustache seen near Elmgrove. Is this her killer?
Based upon true events, I found this novel to be an enjoyable mystery, paced extremely well full of detail and description. I was surprised at the identity of the murderer, will you be?